Every June, the National Safety Council (NSC) and thousands of other groups across America observe National Safety Month. The slogan this year is “No 1 Gets Hurt.” The purpose of National Safety Month is to increase awareness so that we reduce the leading causes of injuries and fatalities:
- At home
- On the job
- Out in the community
- On the roadways
Weekly Themes of National Safety Week
Each week in June has a unique theme to focus on manageable “bites” of information.
- Week One: Preparing for an Emergency
- Week Two: Wellness
- Week Three: Preventing Falls
- Week Four: Safety Behind the Wheel
You can download materials for each weekly topic on the NSC’s website. The NSC encourages people and organizations to engage co-workers, neighbors, and families in safety-themed events. The NSC makes this engagement easy to perform by providing free posters, social media graphics, games, activities, tip sheets, and much more.
Week 1: Emergency Preparedness Tips
One of the resources the NSC provides as part of National Safety Month is a tip sheet for emergency preparedness, with valuable information on how to anticipate emergencies and how to stock your home and auto emergency kits. Here are a few of the suggestions:
These are things you can do to be ready for whatever Mother Nature flings in your direction:
- Educate yourself on the types of emergencies that tend to occur in your area, such as floods, tornados, hurricanes, and earthquakes.
- With the relevant situations in mind, create your emergency kits for your home and vehicle.
- Make a family emergency plan and run through a few practice drills.
- Learn how to shut off your gas, electricity, and water.
- Put important documents in a safe deposit box or fire-proof safe.
- Learn CPR.
- Complete the NSC’s free active shooter training course.
Create Emergency Kits
Anyone who has experienced an emergency situation knows how vital an emergency kit is. You need to have these things packed up and ready to grab. In an actual emergency, there is no time to run around and collect these items.
- Home kit: Pack enough food and water for at least three days for every person and pet in your household. Include non-perishable items like peanut butter and tuna. Do not forget a can opener, trash bags, and hand sanitizer. Other essentials include flashlights and a radio with extra batteries, a first aid kit, a whistle to signal rescuers, and plastic tarp and duct tape for broken windows.
- Car kit: Collect everything for a home kit, and add a spare tire, jack, jumper cables, flares, and reflective triangles. Ensure you have necessary first aid items if you are in a car accident.